SUBJECT: DJIBOUTI: ASSISTANCE CONFUSION
REF: DJIBOUTI 1633
Classified By: ADCM Haywood Rankin for reason 1.5 (b,d).
1. (C) Summary: Chief of Armed Forces Fathi conveyed to Charge September 3 President Guelleh's confusion and vexation -- directed mainly at Djibouti's ambassador in Washington -- about assistance from the United States. He said, perhaps too frankly, that Guelleh was nervous because he needed to begin his election campaign for 2005. Guelleh is supposed to return September 5 to Djibouti, after more than a month away, and Charge has requested an appointment. The fundamental problem is that the Djiboutians are accustomed to the simpler French way of handling assistance and have a steep learning curve with the Americans (and vice versa). End Summary.